handcrafted art: block shop

handcrafted art: block shop

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as i develop my new little business, a mini shop of interesting things, i've been struck by the social consciousness that many makers have as they produce their work. from donating to worthwhile causes to running workshops for local kids, many artists and craftspeople want to do good for others. an outstanding case of this is found with the wonderful folk at block shop. with a co-operative of printers in rajasthan, sisters hopie and lily create graphic textiles using traditional indian hand block printing techniques, investing 5% of their profits to community healthcare initiatives. i've been following them for a long time and appreciate the respect they have for their craft.

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dot-block-being-carved

block shop are now sharing small woodblock prints, created by 5th generation master printers. is this sense of history and commitment to the future that i get all excited about.  i love the styling in these shots too - graphic prints are sometimes all you really need to make a space sing.

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let me know if you've seen other lovely wood block prints around; we all need a new obsession rom time to time and this seems to be mine. x jo

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illustration: alicia galer

illustration: alicia galer